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Chris Hittinger

September 17, 2014

On September 10th, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that Dr. Chris Hittinger, assistant professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), and colleagues have been awarded a five-year $2 million grant to study the genomes, metabolism, and ecology of diverse yeast species.

September 05, 2014

With a newly awarded $3 million Department of Energy research grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics and Wisconsin Energy Institute Director Michael Corradini will lead a collaborative effort to improve real-time testing and instrumentation for transient nuclear reactor experiments.

August 28, 2014

MADISON, WI – August 28, 2014 – The Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Ebling Symposium Center in the UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building.  The ASM Milestones in Microbiology program recognizes institutions and scientists that have made significant contributions toward advancing the science of microbiology.

August 23, 2014

The following is an editorial from the Boston Globe:

Soil Carbon & the Global Carbon Balance, A Primer

August 14, 2014

If you’ve ever spread manure over your field or garden, you’ve probably already got a basic understanding of the role of carbon in enhancing yield and promoting soil quality. A vital soil component, soil carbon provides plant nutrients and determines many of the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties.

August 11, 2014

Associate researcher Paul Meier was asked to review what impact the new EPA carbon emission rules might have on West Virginia in particular by Politifact. You can find his quotes in the full article »

Is President Barack Obama poised to stop any more coal from burning in the United States?

August 05, 2014

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound — the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived from fossil fuels.

August 05, 2014

MILWAUKEEAug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) joined Wisconsin Governor Scott WalkerMilwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other key leaders today to formally unveil plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that will accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry.

August 01, 2014

As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on August 1.

Sage Kokjohn, left, and Rolf Reitz check a room with test monitors and air regulators that are connected to an operating, one-cylinder diesel engine in the Caterpillar Engine Lab at the Engineering Research Building.  Photo: Jeff Miller

July 16, 2014

The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick.

Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.